Cathy Wells


  "He was a momma's boy, and I don't care what anybody says about that--there's nothing wrong with that," Cathy Wells says of her son.

 Lance Cpl. Squire Wells, known as "Skip," was one of the "fallen five" service members killed during a July 16, 2015 terrorist attack on Chattanooga's Navy Operational Support Center.

Cathy Wells has written "Tennessee Blood," a song honoring her son.

  Music filled Miller Plaza yesterday evening. It was a special part of the nightfall concert series, an hour devoted to honoring veterans, active duty military personnel, and the Fallen Five who were killed in last July 16's terror attacks. The performance ended with “Terror Came to Chattanooga," a song written by Lt. Commander Tim White, the Navy officer who used a personal firearm to shoot back at the terrorist during the attack on the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga. 


6 AM to 10 AM -  NPR’s  Morning Edition

10 AM to 12 NOON  -  Messiah With The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra  -  Handel’s much-adored oratorio, Messiah, returns to Heinz Hall, led by Music Director Manfred Honeck and featuring a cast of guest vocalists and the Mendelssohn Choir Of Pittsburgh.  This work is a religious story of hope,  inspiration and timeless expression.

12 NOON to 1 PM  -  Fresh Air with Terry Gross

Anna & Elizabeth

These simple, stripped-down, raw, traditional Appalachian ballads, hymns and story-songs are delivered with beautifully blended harmonies. Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle are on a mission to shine new light on old songs and pass the tradition to a new generation. This is pure folk music — it doesn't get much better than this. (Linda Fahey)

Reckless Skyline

  David Liebe Hart can be weird and hilarious.  He's an actor/comedian/musician/puppeteer who has done stand-up and appeared on television as a regular on the Adult Swim network's Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!  (In a sketch titled “Bad Cop, Worse Cop,” he played a police officer who used a ventriloquist’s dummy to smack around a suspect.)  He's also appeared in films, including the campy, low-budget comedy White Cop.

Since its inception in 2011, Jazzanooga has been promoting jazz in Chattanooga. But more than that, as the founder Shane Morrow put it, Jazzanooga celebrates all of the arts and their power to bring us together. Richard Winham talked to Shane Morrow who told him Jazzanooga is a mission.

Alex Volz joins us to talk about his new album of kids' music, The Little Merman.

  Volz is known for creating sophisticated pop, rock, blues and punk songs that go beyond the usual kiddie fare. 

This year marks the ninth year of concerts in the Riverfront Nights series. As in previous years, six shows were scheduled this year. This week’s concert featuring the Whisky Gentry is the third in this year’s line-up. Richard Winham talked to Jeff Styles about the series. It was Jeff Styles’s idea to create a Nightfall —style concert series on the waterfront, but this year marks his last. He booked the bands again this year, but he’s no longer running the show.

Local musician Bruce Livolsi is a one-man band known as A Man Called Bruce. He joins us to talk about his new album LIVE in the Studio.

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Sprinter, the sophomore album by southeastern singer/songwriter Torres, recently earned a spot on NPR's Favorite Albums of 2015 (So Far.)  Torres has also garnered praise from, Paste magazine and

This Summer there have already been music festivals somewhere in the country almost every weekend it seems—and there are still many more to come. Competition is fierce, but one promoter thinks he may have found a unique niche. Richard Winham talked to Ricky Ginsburg whose idea for a music festival in the Blue Ridge Mountains combine roots music with a Summer Camp-style weekend in the woods, which will take place September 18 - 20.


Nashville band The Dead Deads will perform Saturday at 7:45 p.m. on the TVFCU during Riverbend.  A high-energy mix of grunge, rock, their music is both aggressive and fun.

From their Web site:


Hawaiian-born electronic musician Kawehi will give one of the more unusual performances at this year's Riverbend Festival. 

Using a microphone, loopers and digital effects, she alters her voice to sound like a guitar, a bass, and drums.  Her cover of Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box" went viral last year, winning praise from Courtney Love, who called Kawehi's work "genius."  Now her YouTube channel has around seven millions hits.

Her live shows are a mix of cover songs and originals.  Check out her Nirvana cover below, and catch her at 9:15 p.m. on the TVFCU stage during Riverbend on Thursday evening.

At the 2015 Bessie Smith Strut, Deacon Bluz and the Holy Smoke Band's performance was cut short by a thunderstorm.  Before the rain and lightning came, Bluz gave tribute to B.B. King, who passed away recently at the age of 89.  See a clip of the performance in the video below.

Cleveland Carlson

The 2015 Riverbend Festival began on June 5th and continues through June 13th.  Here are a few highlights Cleveland Carlson brought us from the festival's first few days.  Keep checking for more highlights and artist interviews.